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ACTIVITY

FRANK IDEAS!

HOW TO…
GENERATE IDEAS FOR ACTION
During the last year, we have incorporated suggestions and ideas for activities that you could
implement or adapt locally. Many of these ideas have come from creative workshops and
sessions with groups of young people. Creative workshops (sometimes called ‘brainstorms’ or
‘thought showers’) can be great fun and informative for everyone involved and can give you
an opportunity to ensure that the ideas you choose to put into practice are relevant to your
audience. Using these few simple ground-rules, organise your own session to discover new ways
of communicating FRANK messages. There are no hard and fast rules so feel free to adapt the
following guidelines to suit the particular character of your group.

Step 1 PREPARE THE SETTING Step 4 SET THE GROUND-RULES

Arrange the group in a semi-circle or circle, Set the ground-rules for the session. The group
make sure all the participants are ‘in’ the should do this, so that they take ownership of
group – not sitting slightly behind their best the session. Usually ground-rules include:
friend! Set up a white-board or flip chart to
record the group’s thoughts and ideas. • respect other people’s ideas – there are no
‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers, everyone’s ideas
are valuable
Step 2 WARM-UP • turn mobile phones off or set them to vibrate
and quietly leave the room if you need to
‘Loosen’ the group with a quick physical or take a call
mental exercise to get people moving around • no insulting language
or talking (with older groups make sure it isn’t • look for what is positive in all ideas – even
too ‘silly’ as this can alienate people). You absurd ideas may have value
could get everyone to turn to their left and • anything that is said during the session is
give their neighbour a quick shoulder rub, for strictly confidential – particularly important
example, or ask everyone to introduce when discussing drugs
themselves as a celebrity.

Step 3 GOALS

Define the issue to be discussed and make


sure the group is clear about what they are
trying to achieve.

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Step 5 COLLECT IDEAS Step 6 EVALUATE

Ask for people’s ideas and thoughts on the Once you have finished collecting ideas, go
subject you would like to discuss. Have the through the results and begin evaluating the
leader select members of the group to share responses. Some initial points to look for when
their answers. The recorder should write down examining the responses include:
all responses, if possible in a format so that
everyone can see them (such as on a • looking for any answers that are repeated
flipchart). Make sure not to evaluate or or similar
criticise any answers until you’ve finished • grouping similar concepts together
collecting ideas. • eliminating responses that definitely do not fit

As a facilitator, you should frequently ask open You will then have a number of ideas to choose
questions and ask for opinions to encourage from that people feel could be suitable options.
people to talk. Keep track of who is
contributing (and who isn’t) and try to ensure
that everyone has the opportunity to have Step 7 DECIDE THE WAY FORWARD
their say. It is important to manage the time
so try to keep thoughts brief by paraphrasing Now that you have narrowed your list down,
what has been said and try not to let people discuss the remaining responses as a group.
ramble. When ideas are paraphrased or Define the ideas that you are going to take
‘written up’, check with the person who said forward. If relevant, also state who will be
it that you have interpreted it correctly. responsible for certain actions and by when.

FRANK TIP Drug Communication

Sometimes it can be interesting to allocate Think about the world of drug-use. By identifying
different people certain ‘roles’ within the the tiny detail of the lives of drug users, you
group and ask them to comment on the may find that interesting and original ideas
ideas as if they were: will emerge. Ask the group questions such as:

• the ‘cynic’ Where do people take drugs?


• the ‘dreamer’ What sort of people use the different types
• the ‘manager’ of drugs?
• the ‘drug user’ What other things do those people buy,
use or do regularly?
Use these characters to ‘rattle and shake’ Who do drug users trust or respect?
the ideas – this will help to narrow them down. Where do people go to find drugs?
What clothes/music/clubs are popular
with these people?
How do people travel around in your area?
Who are the next generation of drug
users? Where are they now?

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ACTIVITY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HOW TO…
COMMUNICATE THE MESSAGE ABOUT
FRANK’S 1ST YEAR TO YOUR LOCAL MEDIA

Key Facts Key statistics

FRANK is: In the first year of the campaign:


• informed
• approachable • 84% of young people and 70% of parents
• non-judgemental indicated awareness of FRANK following
the launch
• FRANK has responded to 380,000 phone
Key message: calls to the helpline
• 1.5 million visitors have logged on to
Drugs are illegal, talking about them isn’t www.talktofrank.com
• FRANK has replied to 25,000 e-mails
• nearly 4,500 individuals and projects have
Key audiences registered at www.drugs.gov.uk

• local media
• young people
• parents or carers

Getting positive stories in the media can help create awareness and understanding of drugs
and the work you do locally. Here are some examples of how you could tailor your approach
to getting media coverage, according to the resources available to you.

LEVEL 1

Create a simple press release using the key statistics from this pack. If you have any statistics
on local activities you have been up to then incorporate these too. This gives it the ‘local angle’.
Check the deadlines of your local paper and send it one week before you would like it to
appear. If possible send it to a named journalist who you know would cover issues of this nature.
Follow up with a phone call a couple of days later to check that the release has been
received and to see if they would like further information. If the paper runs the story, remember
to call again to say thank you.

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LEVEL 2

Decide on a suitable date for a FRANK or the editor are the best people to approach)
celebratory ‘party’, organise your venue, to see if you could meet them to discuss a
your guest list and any other requirements possible feature or series of articles covering
such as catering, equipment and giveaways. a range of drug-related topics. Alternatively,
You might want to have special ‘party’ items your local radio station might be interested
made like balloons, hats, and a cake – in running a series of awareness raising slots,
all branded with the FRANK logo. Prepare illustrated by the personal stories – try to speak
information packs and a presentation reviewing to a particular programme producer or
the 1st year of the campaign and looking researcher. You could also contact your
ahead to your plans for the next year. Once regional TV station to see if they would be
everything is arranged, invite your local press interested. The news desk or the section
along too and offer interviews with responsible for community programming are
spokespeople who can talk about stories the best people to approach. To make it a
with a strong local focus. wider feature, you may find that you could
collaborate with other projects in the area
who work with health or young people –
LEVEL 3 rather than drugs specifically.

Develop a database of people who have Again, it is good to include details of any
been affected by drugs and would be willing plans you have for the coming year in terms
to tell their story to the media. They could be of drugs work in the press release but always
drug users, ex-users, young people who have be careful not to commit to an unrealistic
taken part in local projects, parents or carers. schedule of work.
It’s good to have a wide selection of stories
to illustrate different points.
TOP TIPS FOR A PRESS RELEASE
Make sure that you have protocols in place • keep it short and simple rather than
around confidentiality and how your pages of flowery prose
spokespeople are treated. This could include • give it an arresting headline
agreements ranging from where stories might • sum up the story in the first paragraph
appear or whether or not you use real • make sure there are full contact names
identities, to details of any payments you and numbers included
make to participants. This helps make • include a quote from a spokesperson(s)
everyone involved aware of expectations. • make sure you send it to the right person
It can also help you to help the journalist at the right time
pitch the story correctly. Arrange for your • always follow up
spokespeople to have training in giving
interviews to the press.

Write your press release giving topline details Do remember that statistics can be used to
of the stories to supplement your facts and reflect bad news as well as good, so be
statistics on drugs, FRANK and your local work. aware of how they could be interpreted.
Contact your local paper (health, social affairs

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ACTIVITY
FRANK AT LEISURE

HOW TO…
HAVE A PRESENCE AT FESTIVALS,
EVENTS AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Festivals, events and sports activities are prime places for large concentrations
of young people. How can you make the most of this?

LEVEL 1

If you are only able to commit limited resources then it is unlikely you will be able to have
a personal presence at these events or to arrange any form of large-scale joint initiative.
But, this does not mean that promoting FRANK at such events is impossible. A ‘presence’
may be as simple as having your literature available to people who attend. Find out which
festivals and events are coming up in your area in the year ahead. Contact the organisers and
ask them if they would be prepared to include your literature in any of the materials they are
sending out to publicise the events.

LEVEL 2

If you can give a bit more time and have money available, then you may want to arrange
a physical presence at a festival, concert or sporting event. This could be a stall with a full range
of literature and a selection of FRANK branded give-aways and ambient media items (such
as t-shirts, hats, tissues, water bottles or key rings) that you develop locally. Alternatively (or in
addition) you could arrange a chill-out area with project workers and specialists on hand
to give information and advice.

Contact the organisers well in advance of the event date to see if they would be willing to
consider your ideas. You will then need to negotiate the space and support they can offer
to you, as well as make clear what you can offer to them. Such initiatives can take some time
to prepare for so make sure you leave plenty of time to get everything organised. Ensure you
can commit the resources in terms of staff and money and that everybody who will be
participating is trained and is clear about their roles and responsibilities.

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LEVEL 3

If you have a lot more time, staff and money to play with you may want to consider co-arranging
an event with a music or festival promoter or sports organisation such as your local football club.
Explore the possibilities of advertising at the event itself, in programmes, other literature or on
tickets. Don’t forget, many events and sports clubs have their own websites – you might be able
to get them to agree to put something on their website and have a link to talktofrank.com.

Check out sponsorship opportunities. Maybe you could sponsor an event or a match in
return for a presence and publicity. Alternatively, you might be able to get a sports club
(try football clubs in particular) to sponsor your FRANK events or messages. Look at practical
ways of involving high profile people from the event (musicians, DJs, sportspeople) in your own
projects. A football club might be persuaded to allow their footballers to visit your projects to
talk to young people or they could offer training sessions.

If you haven’t already, also consider involvement with the Positive Futures programme on sport.

ABOUT POSITIVE FUTURES

Positive Futures is a national sports-based social inclusion programme for young people, aged
10-19, offering opportunities to engage in employment, education and training. There are 107
projects in England and Wales in the top 20% most deprived areas in the country. There have
been just under 35,000 participants since launch in 2000.

Positive Futures is delivered locally through partnerships consisting of agencies such as


charities, local authorities, schools, police and sports clubs.

Local programmes include outreach and detached work to contact young people, coaching
skills across a range of sports linked to playing opportunities, work experience, drug awareness
and education programmes, and pathways to further education, training and employment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION log on to


www.positivefutures.gov.uk or contact
Thomas McGowan on 020 7273 3637.

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HOLIDAY FRANK

HOW TO…
GET THE FRANK MESSAGE
ACROSS ON HOLIDAYS
Trips abroad by young people to clubbing hotspots, such as Ibiza, are sometimes linked to
experimentation with drugs. In the holiday excitement, people who have never tried drugs
before could be tempted to do so. Others may take more than they would normally do at
home or mix different drugs together (including alcohol) and be unaware of the potential risks
and how to cope if something goes wrong. Drugs laws and the penalties for possession, using or
supplying also vary greatly from country to country and it is important for any travellers abroad
to be aware of the risks. Holidays are supposed to be fun so how can you get the FRANK
message across without putting a damper on things?

LEVEL 1

Contact local travel agents and ask if they would be prepared to offer your literature or
some of the FRANK materials (such as the leaflets, postcards or credit cards) to young people
booking trips to any obvious clubbing hotspots.

LEVEL 2

Put together a simple fact sheet on gearing up for summer clubbing. If you have any contacts
with young people who are willing to talk about their experiences with drugs whilst on holiday,
see if they would be willing to be featured or quoted in the fact sheet. Or, write a press release
about their experiences (include positive messages such as staying safe and information on
FRANK) and see if the local press would run a story prior to the holiday season. Some papers
publish a specific holiday section covering fashion, health and travel tips so this could be an
ideal place to feature safety information.

LEVEL 3

Consider linking in with a local art and design college and running a competition to come up
with some materials on ‘safer holiday clubbing’. The winning design could be revealed at a local
club night, with the press invited for a photocall. See if any prominent local DJs will endorse the
project. Or you could mount an exhibition of the entries in a suitable local venue and use the
opportunity to promote information about drug safety and the services you offer. For continuity,
use the design in subsequent materials as part of your ongoing campaigning on the issue.

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SOME FACTS ON CLUBBING ABROAD
• The number of 16-35 year-old visitors to Ibiza taking GHB (liquid ecstasy) more than five
times a week was 42%. In the UK, the figure is 14%. 1
• A survey of 16-35 year-olds returning to the UK from Ibiza found that 16 per cent who used
GHB and 18 per cent who used ketamine first started using them while they were abroad. 1
• One in four men aged 16-35 and one in seven women who visited Ibiza had sex with more
than one person. 2
• Of all those having sex, just 60% said they always used a condom. 11% of men said they had
sex with six or more partners. 2

References:
1.
Recreational drug use in international nightlife resorts by Mark A Bellis, Karen Hughes (Centre for Public Health,
Liverpool John Moores University), Andrew Bennett (HIT) and Roderick Thomson (Citysafe) was published in the
December 2003 issue of Addiction. Volume 98, pages 1713 to 1721.

2.
Sexual behaviour of young people in international tourist resorts, published in STI online, February 2004. By M A Bellis, K
Hughes Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, R Thomson, South Sefton Primary Care Trust, Liverpool
and A Bennett, HIT, Liverpool, UK

For advice on travelling overseas, visit Check out the FRANK Action Update
www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo Summer: Feel the Heat! for more facts
and holiday activities.

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BRINGING IN THE MONEY

HOW TO…FUNDRAISE
“Money makes the world go round” and nowhere is that more true than in
the field of social care. Here is a quick guide to fundraising. Under the section
‘Who Gives?’ you will see that we have suggested which of these fundraising areas
would be suitable depending upon the resources you can commit, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3:

Start off by putting yourself in the potential donor’s shoes. What do they want?

WHAT DO DONORS WANT?

• to be asked – research has shown that a lot of • to trust you


givers don’t give because they were never asked! • to be told actual stories of what you
• to know that their donation makes are doing
a difference • to be kept informed

What are some of the main sources of funds?

WHO GIVES? CDRP/DAT Partnership also holds the Young


People’s Substance Misuse Partnership grant.
1. Central government, Local
government, The European Union, There are 66 Neighbourhood Renewal Areas
Quangos [Level 3] in the country which hold the New Deal for
Communities fund. Also, more and more social
Some of these bodies give large grants and landlords are funding local community-based
may have complex application procedures. projects.
They may provide support for applications,
but it is advisable that you do some research Useful websites:
yourself. There are a number of local sources www.governmentfunding.org.uk,
of funds, for example the Regional www.open.gov.uk
Development Agency and the Active
Communities Unit. Local Crime and Disorder
Reduction/Drug Action Team (CDRP/DAT) 2. The Lottery [Levels 2 & 3]
Partnerships distribute a number of funds – for
example the Building Safer Communities fund Give a range of sizes of grant, with different
which replaced the Communities Against funds responsible for distributing different types
Drugs (CAD) and Safer Communities Initiative of grant.
(SCI) funds. The Basic Command Unit (BCU)
fund is allocated to local police BCU Visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk to find
commanders whose plans for the distribution which body you should contact for a grant
of the funding are reached in agreement with in the area you work in.
the local CDRP/DAT Partnership. The

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3. Community Foundations [Levels 2 & 3]

Specifically aimed at the voluntary and • commercial benefits (increased sales, brand
community sector for local groups and association etc)
organisations. They publish their grant making • demonstration of a company’s commitment
policy and have grants advisors who can to social responsibility (and the added value
help with prospective applications. this can bring to their reputation)
• crime reduction (drug-related crime can
A useful site to explore is: affect a company’s profits)
www.communityfoundations.org.uk
Approach local companies or national
companies that are based in your area.
4. Trusts and Foundations [Levels 2 & 3] Make sure you manage their expectations
and don’t over-commit yourself to activities
There are over 7,500 grant-making trusts and you will not be able to put into place.
foundations in the UK. They tend to like to fund Remember, corporate support does not
projects who are tackling new problems or necessarily need to be in the form of cash.
old ones in new ways. They like short and Donations ‘in-kind’ (such as time, premises,
medium term specific projects and are not facilities or products etc) are valuable too.
keen to fund core costs.

Applications should be prepared thoroughly 6. Individuals [Levels 1, 2 & 3]


as they receive four times as many
applications as they can fund. Don’t give Street collections, mail-outs, seeking direct
them any reasons to reject you. debits or legacies, holding events. All these
are aimed at individual giving. Be clear on
Visit www.acf.org.uk or contact your local the law on street or door-to-door collections
Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) who will and holding raffles. Be aware that some
have full details of trusts and their funding of this fundraising can be time consuming
policies. (eg organising events) compared to the
potential money that might be raised.

5. Companies [Level 1 (if you have For information on laws and codes
existing good contacts), 2 & 3] of practice regarding a wide variety
of fundraising activities log on to
Seeking money from companies is very www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or
competitive and can take a lot of time. contact the Institute of Fundraising on
Once again, a key to success is doing good enquiries@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
research (find out about the company’s
community policy and their previous giving).
Companies need to know what’s in it for them
and why they should be interested in the work
you are doing. Appeal to their needs and
concerns and emphasise benefits such as:

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CROSSWORD

Why do it? For fun and to test knowledge

Group or individual activity Individual

What you’ll need Copies of the crossword


Pens

How long will it take? 45 minutes

Adapt this activity as appropriate for the group.

The Brief:
Solve the clues and complete the crossword.
Other Suggested Activities:
• Try to get the local newspaper or college magazine to reproduce the crossword.
• Use the blank template to design a crossword with new clues and answers.
• Include it in your own organisation’s publication.

1 2 3 4 5 6
T E R M M E T H A D O N E
7
R U I R G I
7 8
A D E A L E R A L I C E
9 10
F A G H C I K
11
F E X I T T N N
12
I N L S W E A T
13 14 15
C H E M I S T W E T M
16
T O N E E
17 18
I P E G R A S S
19
T E C H N O D T
20 21
E A O B O O Z E
22
N S F S R
23 24 25
T A L K T O F R A N K O
A O I I
26 27
N A R C O T I C F A C I D
K G K F S
28 29
B E X C E S S S M A C K

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T E R M M E T H A D O N E
7
R A I R G I
7 8
A D E A L E R A L I C E
9 10
F A G H C I K
11
F E X I T T N N
12
I N L S W E A T
13 14 15
C H E M I S T W E T M
16
T O N E E
17 18
I P E G R A S S
19
T E C H N O D T
20 21
E A O B O O Z E
22
N S F S R
23 24 25
T A L K T O F R A N K O
A O I I
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N A R C O T I C F A C I D
K G K F S
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B E X C E S S S M A C K
ACROSS DOWN
1 Period of an academic year (4) 1 Steven Soderbergh film about drugs. Starring
3 Often used as a substitute for heroin in the Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Torro (7)
treatment of heroin addiction (9) 2 Add water to soil. Lots of it at British music
7 Someone who trades in drugs (6) festivals (3)
8 Type of hairband. Sometimes worn by David 4 Too much coke and you could lose your ‘-----ion’
Beckham (5) (5)
9 One cigarette (3) 5 Highly unlikely.‘------- all odds’ (7)
11 The way out of a nightclub (4) 6 What these words are for cocaine: Coke, charlie,
12 What your body produces to try and cool down C, white, Percy, snow, toot (9)
in a steamy club (5) 10 To do with the genes (7)
13 A place to buy condoms (7) 14 When you’re feeling great you are ‘on --- of the
15 Not dry (3) world’ (3)
16 Best number to be at in the music charts (3) 15 Another word for cannabis. To remove unwanted
17 Another word for cannabis (5) plants from a garden (4)
19 Type of dance music (6) 18 Taking anabolic types of these can result in men
21 Another word for alcohol (5) growing breasts and their testicles shrinking! (8)
23 For advice on drugs go to: 19 Most people’s type of house at a festival (4)
www. _______________. com (11) 20 If you’re ON drugs FRANK can give you advice
26 Another name for drugs used in America (8) to help you get ‘---‘ (3)
27 Comes in tabs (4) 22 What a solvent user does with glue (6)
28 Don’t drink to this if you don’t want a hangover (6) 24 What you are ‘giving it’ if you are really enjoying
29 Slang word for heroin (5) yourself at a club (5)
25 Crack comes in this form (5)

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QUIZ

QUIZ ANSWERS
Why do it? For fun and to test knowledge

Group or individual activity Individual or group

What you’ll need Copies of the crossword


Pens

How long will it take? 45 minutes


You know the group you work with better than anyone. Make sure that this activity is appropriate for their age and ability before you start.

The Brief:
Answer the quiz questions.

Other Suggested Activities:


• Select an appropriate number of questions from the quiz as part of a 5 minute ‘warm-up’ at the
beginning of drugs awareness session.
• See if your local newspaper or college magazine would reprint the quiz (or part of it).
• Select some questions and use them in a competition.

Answers

1C
22,000 premature deaths are attributed given a reprimand or warning. If you are 18 or
to alcohol consumption each year. over, you may not be arrested but the police
will confiscate the drug and give you a
2B warning. If you are prosecuted and found
Using speed (amphetamines) can make guilty, you could be fined, given a community
people feel edgy and anxious and it can sentence or sent to prison or a young
interfere with sleep patterns. It can also be offenders institution.
quite a task to try to get someone on speed
to stop talking! 4 A, B and C
Cocaine can very quickly become a regular
3C habit. It can become an expensive habit and
Cannabis has been reclassified but it is still sniffing it can be bad news for your nose.
illegal. As a Class C drug, it is illegal to have, People who regularly use cocaine (or crack)
give away or supply. It is also illegal to grow can develop serious problems with anxiety,
cannabis plants or to possess any Class C paranoia and exhaustion.
drug with the intent of supplying. If you are
under 18 and caught in posession, you will be
arrested and taken to the police station, your
drugs will be confiscated and you will be

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5C 11 B
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are The NHS Smoking Helpline, 0800 169 0 169 is
increasingly prevalent amongst young open daily from 7am until 11pm, with
people. They include gonorrhoea, syphilis, specialist advisers available from 10am until
herpes, pubic lice and genital warts. 11pm every day.

6A 12 C
When you do have sex, make sure you always One of the biggest health problems for
use a condom. Talking about sex with your holidaymakers to hot countries is dehydration.
partner can be good but you can’t rely only The body needs water and the sun, drugs,
on what they say as they may not even know alcohol and hot clubs can all lead to
they have an STI. dehydration. So drink plenty of water (and
make sure it is pure).
7B
Benzos is the short term for Benzodiazepines, 13 B
the most common type of tranquillisers. They Heroin is a brown-grey powder made from the
are often used as ‘chill-out’ drugs on the opium poppy. It is very easy to become
clubbing scene. Some people use them to addicted to heroin, whether it is smoked or
come down from ecstasy, speed or acid after injected.
a big night.
14 B
8C Class A drugs are regarded by the law as
FRANK’s helpline has taken 380,000 calls in the being more dangerous, and the penalties for
first year of the campaign and there have use, supply and dealing are greater than
been 1.5 million visitors to talktofrank.com. those classified as Class B or Class C.

9 A, B and C
Ecstasy is often mixed with all sorts of other
stuff so you can never quite be sure what you
are getting when you buy a pill. Some
substances used are harmless, but others
(such as ketamine) can be extremely
dangerous.

10 A
It can be easy to lose your rag if you discover
that a mate has an issue with drugs, but
speaking to them when you (or they) are
worked up or drunk is rarely a good idea.
Instead, think through what you want to
say and have a chat when everyone has
calmed down.

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QUIZ

QUIZ QUESTIONS
1 What is the UK’s most popular drug?
A Heroin
B Love
C Alcohol
6 If you are going to have
?
sex when on holiday what is the best
way to minimise your chances of
catching an STI?
A Use a condom
B Ask the person if they have an STI and
2 How might you know if someone make sure they look you in the eye
has taken speed? when they answer
A They can run really fast C Keep your fingers crossed while you are
B They become extremely talkative having sex
and irritable
C They become great at dancing
7 What are Benzos?
A Large dogs used for hunting
3 If the police catch you using cannabis, B A type of tranquilliser
what might happen? C Something deep-sea divers get
A They won’t do anything because
cannabis is legal
B They will put you in prison for life 8 How many people have called the
C You could be warned, the drug could FRANK helpline in its first year?
be confiscated and you could be A 25,000
arrested B 100,000
C 380,000

4 What can regular use of cocaine


do a lot of damage to? 9 Which of the following has ecstasy been
A Your nose known to have been cut with?
B Your wallet A Dog worming tablets
C Your mind B Talcum powder
C Fish tank cleaning tablets

5 What does STI stand for?


A Sexy tennis instructor
B Short term irritation
C Sexually transmitted infection

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10 If you have a friend who is taking drugs
and you want to talk to them, when is
the best time?
A When you are calm and have thought
through what you want to say
B As soon as you find out
C After a drinking session as they will be
more relaxed

11 If you want help to give up smoking


who could you call?
A The fire brigade
B The NHS Smoking Helpline,
on 0800 169 0 169
C Your local newsagent

12 What should you always drink plenty


of when on holiday in a hot country?
A The local wine
B The sea
C Water

13 What type of flower is the source


of heroin?
A Self-raising flour
B The poppy
C Dandelion

14 What Class of drugs are LSD, heroin,


ecstasy, cocaine and crack?
A Top class
B Class A
C Middle class

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HOLIDAY HIGHS
The sun on your skin, the roar of the sea and the thud thud thud of
all-night music and dancing - maybe the possibility of a holiday romance
too! There’s nothing to beat the feeling of nothing to do but have fun in the sun.
But the holiday high can lead people into temptation when it comes to sex, drugs and partying.
Protect yourself against waking up with something you hadn’t bargained for by practising safer
sex and, if you take drugs, make sure you know what you’re getting into. As with all things in life,
there are consequences – some lasting much longer than the night of passion itself.

SEX ON DRUGS3 Ecstasy

High: ecstasy can induce an increased sense


Cannabis of warmth and empathy towards a sexual
partner. Some users feel they are more
High: users can feel less inhibited and more physically aroused (although others report a
friendly, while the increased sensory perception loss of sensation and delayed orgasm).
can make people all ‘touchy-feely’. Risks: being ‘loved up’ increases the chances
Risks: men who smoke dope risk a reduction of risky sexual behaviour and the drug-induced
in testosterone production and a drop in sense of loving everyone around you could
sperm count, while females may experience mean ending up sleeping with someone you
some fertility problems due to changes in don’t really like at all.
ovulation and menstrual cycles.

Heroin
Cocaine
High: heroin has a painkilling, detached effect.
High: as a stimulant drug, small doses of Risks: opiate misuse can lead to full time
cocaine can increase sexual arousal and problems such as impotence, lowered libido
make orgasms and erections easier. and difficulty attaining orgasm.
Risks: in larger amounts, cocaine can still fuel
sexual desire, but can decrease the ability
to perform properly. Problems achieving LSD/Magic mushrooms
erection and orgasm are common.
High: some users report an increased sexual
awareness while tripping.
Risks: trips are unpredictable. Hallucinating
unpleasantly during sex could be traumatic
while a heavy dose may leave users totally
turned off.

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Poppers Speed (amphetamines)

High: some users take poppers during sex High: the initial rush may lift the libido but
because they enjoy the brief, intense head the feeling is unlikely to last.
rush and relaxant effect. Particularly popular Low: male users may find their penis less
among gay men. sensitive or responsive and ejaculation
Low: alkyl nitrites reduce blood pressure. This difficult to achieve. As a result, sex can last
means Viagra users should steer clear as the a long time – which places both partners at
combination could be fatal. risk of chafing.

What is safer sex?

You don’t have to be taking drugs or be • always use a condom


drunk to have unsafe sex, but being under the • use a new condom every time
influence of drugs or alcohol can sometimes • choose latex condoms – they provide better
make people do things they wouldn’t protection against viruses and pregnancy
normally do when sober. Remember, the fewer • if you use a lubricant, make sure it’s
sexual partners you have, the lower your risk of water-based – oil based ones can damage
getting an infection. Practise safer sex by the condom
following the tips:

For more advice on safer sex, log on to www.playingsafely.co.uk

Reference:
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www.thesite.org

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CAMPAIGN CHECKLIST
A clearly targeted campaign can help get your message across effectively
and succinctly and can help to bring about changes in attitude and behaviour.
The key to a successful campaign is to be realistic and to plan your approach carefully. As you
head into the second year of the campaign, look back over your first year’s activities so that
you can build on your successes and the lessons learnt.

Looking back What worked in the past Look back on the year. Make
and why? a note of successful
campaign actions. Why were
they successful? Compare
with any actions that weren’t.
What were the key
differences?

Research What is the best focus for What issues do you want
you for this year? to communicate?
Brainstorm ideas with
colleagues and look through
old copies of FRANK Action
Updates. What activities have
other projects done that
inspire you? What are the ‘big
issues’ in your local area?

Goals What do you want to Make sure your goals are


achieve? focused, clear, achievable
and measurable. Can you
afford to set this goal bearing
in mind the staff and resources
available to you? Do you
have a budget? Share goals
with all those involved to see
if they also think they are
reasonable.

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Schedule Turning a goal into a step Break down your goals into
by step process achievable steps. Schedule in
what needs to be done and
by when. Work backwards
from your goal to the present
and don’t be afraid to adjust
your goal if it now seems
unrealistic. Create a tick list or
a wall planner.

Measure Keeping track Make notes of what you have


done and the results.

Evaluate Reflecting on the campaign At the end of the campaign,


take stock. Do a quick report
on what was achieved and
how it related to your goals.
Highlight any particular things
that worked.

Share Communicate the outcomes Share the learning.


Celebrate your success.

FRANK TIP
As you move into the second year of the campaign, take time to review the FRANK resources
already available to you. Check out the More FRANK order form and log on to
www.drugs.gov.uk/campaign to make sure you are familiar with all the materials. As well as logo
guidelines and promotional items such as postcards, posters and leaflets, there are stationery
templates (see the toolkit CD Rom) and sample press releases, media contact reports, a model
campaign calendar and tips on keeping case study records. Many items, including the Toolkit
and activity sheets, can also be downloaded.

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